Best Gaming Laptops 2021: Top Gaming Notebooks For Portable PC Gaming
The days of massive gaming PCs reigning supreme are feeling like a thing of the past. More and more gaming laptops are showing up with components that can rival their desktop counterparts while fitting into a compact design. Some gaming laptops even go as far as including the actual desktop variant of components, like the CPU, with extra cooling solutions to keep up.
There are also many gaming laptops with some of the most impressive displays you'll see around. From dazzling 4K resolutions to the brilliant contrast ratios of OLED panels, and from 1ms response times to the 300Hz refresh rates recently introduced, you'll find gaming laptops with displays that are nearly unmatched in the desktop space. After ample testing and research, we've narrowed down our picks so you can be sure the gaming laptops you're looking at are the best of the best. If you're browsing in the UK, click here to find out where you can to find the best gaming laptops available. And, if you want to score a discount, check out Amazon'sPrime Day deals includingdeals gaming PCs and components or check out thesecertified refurbished laptops on eBay.
Just a few years ago, all that muscle would have only fit inside a chunky device. But, the MSI GE66 Raider is only 5.25 pounds and less than an inch thick. With the exception of its thickness, it almost has the dimensions of an ultrabook thanks to the slim bezels around the top and sides of the display. Even then, MSI found space to fit a 99.9 watt-hour battery. And all this is just a starting point, as you can customize it to include even more powerful components.
With the kind of horsepower on offer here, you'll be good to power a serious gaming monitor, though the built-in 1080p/144Hz one is a solid pairing as well. Of course, that's assuming you go with the 144Hz display. Dell also offers upgrades to a 300Hz version or a 4K OLED display that tops out a 60Hz but is both brighter and offers faster response times while also bundling in Tobii Eyetracking.
This special model offers an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and 32GB of RAM. That's plenty of power for work and play. And, there's also an RTX 3070 under the hood to make sure your playtime is up to snuff. Better yet, you can decide your priorities with this one. If competition is what you're about, you'll enjoy the 300Hz Full HD display available. But, if you like it extra sharp, you can also pick up a model with a 4K/120Hz panel. Of course, either version includes that extra 14-inch touchscreen display for that extra little something.
The Asus ROG Flow X13 on its own is a more-than-capable machine. It's not only packing an octa-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor but also an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, so you can still do some lighter gaming while you're on the go. The eGPU this laptop pairs with is none other than the RTX 3080, so when it's plugged in, it blows past last year's top gaming laptops with 2080 Super chips inside. The Asus ROG Flow X13 even has a display that's well suited to both work and play. The 13.4 inch display is also Pantone validated for accurate colors, and it features a 120Hz refresh rate with adaptive sync. It even has a 360-degree hinge, so you can flip it over to free up space for a gaming keyboard.
Where to Get the Best Gaming Laptops in the UK
We've managed to find the vast majority of very best gaming laptops available in the UK, with all our favourites including the MSI ME66 Raider ready and available to buy from retailers such as Amazon, while other brands can be found elsewhere such as Dell, Currys PC World, or Scan.
The best gaming laptops have come a long way in relatively little time. Power, portability, and price have all seen dramatic improvements in just the last 5 years, and somehow gaming laptops are getting thinner and adding even more features.
The newest gaming laptops are cramming RTX 2080 graphics cards inside of them. These ray-tracing capable cards from Nvidia are among our picks for the best graphics cards, at least the desktop versions. Fitting them inside of a gaming laptop, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus S, is no easy feat. Nvidia's Max-Q tech makes it possible to run a powerhouse GPU inside a thin laptop frame without the whole thing becoming boiling hot.
Choosing the latest processor isn't quite as necessary, but it's a nice to have. When shopping for a gaming laptop be sure the Intel processor has a model number of Intel Core ix-9xxxH (i.e. Intel Core i7-9750H or Intel Core i9-9900k), this denotes that it's one of Team Blue's latest Coffee Lake H-series processors. If the gaming laptop you're eying has an AMD processor, ensure it's model number has a three at the start of it—such as AMD Ryzen 7 3750H—as it lets you know its one of AMD's latest 3rd Generation processors.
The portability is a huge advantage, as is a ready-to-go display, often equipped with variable refresh rate technology or better-than-HD resolutions. The disadvantage is most gaming laptops are only as portable as the nearest electrical outlet. All that power comes at a price, after all, and while there are a few exceptions, the general rule of gaming laptops is battery life stinks.
Another big disadvantage a gaming laptop has compared to a gaming desktop is price. It costs quite a lot more to stuff all those components (i.e. the built-in trackpad, keyboard, speakers, and display) into an easy-to-carry shell. When considering a gaming laptop over a gaming desktop, ask yourself, is the premium in price worth it over and would it be cheaper to buy these all separately?
From our experience, it's always better to stick with the least amount of memory and storage on checkout, and then upgrading it yourself with higher capacity components that are much cheaper to buy on their own. A 1TB SSD might sound tempting as it'll help get your system booted in an instant and store all your games, but a high-end upgrade like that can often cost half or a quarter as much as the whole machine.
However, upgrading leads directly to another consideration, how easy it to swap out components. Whereas it's usually a snap to add or replace a component in your desktop rig, upgrading anything in your gaming laptop, other than RAM, will often mean having to buy a whole new computer.
One thing a powerful gaming laptop has over a comparably equipped desktop is a certain "wow" factor. Since it's portable, it's a whole lot easier to show it off. Manufacturers realize how important looking cool is, so gaming laptops are some of the coolest and most aggressively styled computers around. They borrow lines from modern supercars and high-tech jet fighters, and many have flashy LED lights to let everyone around you know how serious you are.
With Activision striking gold with Call of Duty: Warzone and its free-to-play (F2P) model, could EA be following the same route with Battlefield 2042? While there’s no announcement or confirmation of a Battlefield 2042 F2P mode, the studio’s replies to it have us here on MP1st thinking.
YouTuber Lossy has released a new video where he revealed that during the EA Game Changers event where Battlefield 2042 was revealed, content creators such as himself asked DICE on a Battlefield 2042 F2P mode. The DICE dev/rep at the event didn’t give a definitive “no,” and mentioned that they (DICE) weren’t going to talk about a F2P mode then and there, but that “more announcements will come” further down the line.
While this is in no way a confirmation that a F2P mode is coming to Battlefield 2042, I wouldn’t be surprised if EA decided to release one for it. You can watch the entire video below.
Don’t forget, there is a new mode set to be revealed next month during EA Play!
Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
The Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood Review | Pixel Opinions
06.21.2021 18:00:09 When faced with what is now the fifth chapter for an MMO released way back in 2014, the challenge starts to become how to stave off monotony. Fortunately, the focus on storytelling has allowed the Elder Scrolls Online to continuously put out quality content and this years Blackwood chapter is no exception.
Call of Duty: Warzone Accidentally Introduced a Door That Kills You
There's a regular ole' door that can insta-kill you in Call of Duty: Warzone following the game's recent update for Season 4.
Activision's popular battle royale received its Season 4 update last week and it brought with it a new Gulag, new limited-time events, a Zombies Outbreak region, and more. It also made an otherwise boring door a stone-cold killer.
This news comes by way of Kotaku, which reports that this mysterious killer door can be found in the Salt Mine area on the recently-revamped Verdansk map in Warzone. It is, by all accounts, just a standard door, not at all unlike the hundreds of other doors found on the map.
However, if a player gets too close to the door, it will instantly down you. Redditor Rxelik seemingly discoverd the bug first and posted a video showcasing what happens when a player gets too close to the door on the official Warzone subreddit. Getting killed by the door is as easy as it sounds: get close to it and you will immediately drop into the battle roylale's bleeding-out stance.
Because it doesn't completely kill you, a teammate can revive you, but the downed player will need to drop back away from the door to avoid a deadly door cycle.
Players on the subreddit are trying to determine what might be happening — Rxelik, who discovered the killing door, is wondering if the door was previously a door that opened before the update. It's not currently an openable door at the moment and redditor JoPOWz responded to Rxelik and said that perhaps the deadly door and the openable door that was previously there swtiched locations.
Some players think this might have to do with the new red doors introduced to the game with this update, which act as a fast travel-like system that allows players to enter through a red door in one location and exit in a different location.
Considering this door can take a player with full armor and health down in an instant, this door is now in the running for best player in Warzone. If this door isn't careful, though, it's likely to join the 500,000 Warzone cheaters who have been banned from the game since its launch last year.
None of the development teams behind Warzone like co-developer Raven Software have addressed this door at the time of this writing. While waiting to see what might come of this killing door, read about everything added to the battle royale in the Warzone Season 4 update and then read about how a new Call of Duty game set to release this year is reportedly called Vanguard and set in World War 2.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.
The renowned storytelling RPG Wildermyth is now available for PC via Steam
06.21.2021 12:00:08 "The US-based indie games developer Worldwalker Games today announced with great delight and excitement that the full version of their renowned storytelling RPG "Wildermyth" is now available for PC via Steam." - Jonas Ek, TGG.
06.21.2021 12:00:08 The new swaths of danmaku will challenge your reflexes to another level. New enemies, including mythical creatures and Crimsonite types, are also here to challenge you as well. Even after you dominated SPASDOT in Susumu Takajima and Kagami Ochiais previous adventure, the war against the group is still ongoing. But this time youre going beyond Kozankyo. Travel to the east, west, and south.
With Battlefield 2042, DICE is doubling the mayhem, as the game moves from its 64-player skirmishes (32v32) to bigger 128-player (64v64) matches. While some might think it’s just a case of adding more players, vehicles, and making maps bigger, that’s not the case according to DICE.
In the Xbox Extended Showcase video feature, DICE Design Director Daniel Berlin commented on how the studio changed their philosophy on map design for Battlefield 2042.
We altered our way of handling level design, because it wasn’t just a simple as making it (map) bigger, and portion the locations. It just doesn’t work that way. So we’ve leaned on a new type of design mentality that we’re calling “clustering.” Now with clustering (it) means you’ll have a massive battlefield in front of you. But within this massive battlefield, you have particular clusters of objectives.
That makes sense, as just making maps bigger would mean it’s easier to get lost, and easier to get bored when you’re just trekking through one objective point to another. With DICE’s “clustering,” it sounds like they’re making sure that matches — regardless of where you are in the map — will have plenty of action.
The underwater endless-wave VR shooter Blobkin Blaster is coming to Steam on August 11th, 2021
06.20.2021 11:00:07 "The indie games publisher Theory Studios and Canada-based indie games developer Brave Lunch today announced with great joy and excitement that their underwater endless-wave VR shooter "Blobkin Blaster" is coming to Steam for all PC VR-headsets on August 11th, 2021." - Jonas Ek, TGG.
TKC servers are well run and every attempt is made to ensure a fun gaming environment. No racist or rude behavior is tolerated on any of our servers. TKC tries to have round the clock administration for it's servers but obviously sometimes a server will have no admin playing so if you witness any abuse for any game please attempt to report the offending players nickname, and if possible GUID here: "Server Vistors Complaint". Just give as many details as you can remember such as what the player was doing/saying. In addition cheating is not tolerated on our servers. We are protected by any of a number of different cheat tools at any given time including; VAC, steambans.com, pbbans.com, ggc-stream.com, metabans, pbscreens.com and punkbuster, depending on the game. If caught cheating your information will be submitted to the appropriate cheat tracker and you will be added to their database which will ban your Steam ID, PB GUID or EA GUID depending on the game and website.
When available we also offer ways for players, in-game, to contact admins to report bad behavior. These come in the form of game server plugins. Players will, if the server has the option available, have the option to report a player using, @report [player] [reason] or @admin [reason] to call an admin to the server. If an admin doesn't respond in a timely manner, please use the @report option so we can follow up on it later or use "Server Vistors Complaint" as mentioned above. If an admin is not available, we also try to give the players the opportunity to use @votekick [player] or @voteban [player] [reason]. This allows the guests to our server the ability to kick or temporarily ban a player who is breaking rules.
Profanity - Many of the games we play have very bad language, some don't, that should make a difference in how we enforce our rules. For that reason we are going to implement a new rule, which will seem strange at first, but there is reason behind it. Bad language will only be tolerated on Teamspeak channels for games where there is bad language in the game. In other words, since there is bad language in Bad Company 2, bad language will be acceptable in the Bad Company 2 Teamspeak channel and on the Bad Company 2 servers. On our Half-Life 2 DM Teamspeak channel and game server, bad language will not be allowed. Future games will also be handled in this manner. The reason, we do not want to exclude members with different beliefs. If I buy a game and one of the selling points for me was the fact that it did not have bad language, that should be respected. I do not want a father or grandfather having to explain bad language to their children or grandchildren because they heard profanity on a TKC Teamspeak channel they thought was free of such things.
How to deal with with Mic/Text spammers - No one wants to listen to a lot of unrelated chatter either on the game server, or Teamspeak. No one wants to see a lot of text spamming either. It's distracting to some, and in the case of Bad Company 2, causes lag problems when the text log gets too long. If someone is talking or typing too much, respectfully ask them to stop. If they continue, you may have to mute or kick them, and if they continue after that, a ban might be in order. When on Teamspeak, a certain amount of "visiting" is fine, but the gamers who want to communicate tactical information to others playing shouldn't have to constantly interrupt talk about the latest CPU, or talk of what's going on at school. If someone is talking too much and you don't feel like you want to address it, PM a clan leader and we can handle the situation.
Team Switching - In some games this is a big no-no and if you are admin for one of those games, ask the player to go back, if they don't and you have the ability, move them back manually. If you continue to have problems, kick/ban them. In other games, like Bad Company 2, team switching usually isn't as big a deal. Sometimes friends or clan members might want to play together, in that case, try to facilitate them and swap some people around. This will show you to be respectful of community and they will probably be very appreciative of your efforts. If there is a mass exodus of people from a bad team to a good team, you can mention in-game that people need to stop. If someone is ignoring you and continues to unbalance the teams, just kick them off the server. For a game like Half-Life 2, teams change after each round, so trying to put clan members together is just a waste of time, that is why team switching is considered bad.
Hacking/Cheating - This is the most overused excuse for kicking someone off of a server. Players are unjustly booted off servers all the time simply because they were too good. That is not fair. Do not base a decision on cheating on a single round, if it isn't really ridiculous score-wise, sometimes people just have great rounds. But if they continue to have an unbelievable K/D ratio, then you might need to ban them. Sometimes it might be necessary to ban someone just because they are killing the server. For me, this is the thing I hate to do the most. That person might be doing nothing wrong, other than being really good at a game. Try to put yourself in their shoes and only ban guys who are really obvious. I don't want to see anyone being banned for an aimbot because they went 29-0. I and many others have had a better score than that, it DOES happen. You have to consider how the person is playing the game. Are they playing as recon? Are they in the heli with a really good pilot? Sometimes, if you are unsure, it might be best to ask the opinion of a clan leader. Remember, visitors to our servers have the ability and a forum to complain about unjust behavior from our server admins. If someone complains about you, you want to know that you did everything by the book.
Soldier Names/Nicknames - We will not allow names that are offensive to anyone. I think we can all use our best judgement here, but if you are unsure, ask another admin what they think of the name and come to a consensus before taking action. Players using racist names should be perm banned immediately. It does no good talking to someone like that because they're only goal is to cause trouble.
Banter and Trash Talking - Now its okay to joke around, but if several players are going at it constantly on the mic or in chat just nicely ask them to stop. If it continues warn them again that if they don't stop they will be kicked, if for no other reason that mic/text spamming. If they ignore this warning then go ahead and kick them. A certain amount of this is fine as long as it's good natured, however sometimes this can lead to hard feelings so you have to use your best judgement of when something is going too far or things are starting to get out of hand.
Racist/intolerant behavior - This is a subject that we will show no mercy on. If someone is being a racist, and that means they are hating on blacks, whites, browns, yellows, whatever the case may be, they get perm banned. No warnings, no kicks, just ban them. We don't need that kind of intolerant behavior on our servers. I don't care if the person is joking, I don't care what his real intent was, if he's spewing hate speech, he's gone. This also applies to someone who is spewing hate speech against a group of people, like Muslims, Christians, agnostics, atheists whoever. We are a gaming clan. This is our hobby and it's supposed to be fun. Everyone who comes to a TKC server should be respected and able to play the game hassle free. Not everyone believes the same, and if someone can't get over it and comes to our server with an agenda that includes racist or intolerant speech, I expect you guys to bring the hammer down swiftly.
Metabans - We will use Metabans only for cheaters and will verify each ban using Cheat-O-Meter. This will ensure that we are not forcing our Metabans followers into banning players we have banned for breaking rules other than cheating. If we deem you are cheating and Cheat-O-Meter doesn't really indicate cheating and we can not find information about you or your clan tag, meaning there is no website or previous information on you as a player or clan that we can cross reference, we will ban you on our servers, but not Metabans. Clans must have a website that we can find and access to be considered legit, otherwise we will view your tags as hogwash and your suspect behavior will be deemed as cheating. Again, we will not add a ban that is not supported by Cheat-O-Meter to Metabans.
We want everyone to have the best time possible so do your best to maintain a good gaming atmosphere, then everyone can have a good time.
To join TKC you only have to read our "Code of Conduct" and then apply for membership by filling out an online application. After submitting your application you will become a "member candidate". You will be allowed to wear our tags but only as (tkc), all letters in lowercase. As you progress, as seen by our members, you will be advanced to (Tkc), then (TKc) and then finally (TKC). You will receive emails at each step with detailed instructions on what you need to do. To obtain your full membership and the right to wear the (TKC) tags, you will have to pass a vote by the TKC members. Only those members who have gotten to know you will vote. An 80% yes vote will be required for full admission. Please keep in mind that full membership takes 8 weeks.
For you to be accepted you will need to display good manners, sportsmanship, and the ability to follow our rules. This applies to all game server activitiy and forum participation. If you do not feel you can meet our requirements we respectfully ask that you not apply as we have many who want to join and we can not waste time on gamers who are not serious about membership.
So now you're a member of TKC congrats! It is important for you to note that membership in TKC is not a lifetime privilege. Only the clan founders Big Flem and Squidward have lifetime membership and can not be removed. Clan leaders expect it's members to participate in clan activites when they can, and to be an ACTIVE member in the clan. We consider active members to be members who regularly post on the forums, participate in clan activities when possible, and communicates and develops friendships inside the clan. We do NOT consider a member to be active if they only ever play on our servers and nothing more. The leaders of this clan work hard to organize events and if you can't support these activities, can't check and post on the forums at least once or twice a week, then you are not TKC material and eventually you will be kicked from the clan. If you do not think you can meet these requirements as a member of TKC, then please don't attempt to gain entry into the clan as you will only waste your time, and ours.
Beyond administration positions such as "Clan Leader", "Division Leader", etc, the answer is no. However we do have achievable military style ribbons and medals that can be won for various acts. You may see each members ribbon and medal "Display Case" by going to the "Members" tab and under each members profile clicking the "Awards" icon. Below is each award and how you obtain that award. Note that medals also have an associative ribbon:
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In the past TKC had too many admins on our servers and things got a little out of hand. We are not looking for any new admins, however if we feel you will make a good addition to that team we will ask you. Being a server admin is not fun and games. It requires you to WORK, and follow server administrator rules which are well defined once you become an admin. Our admins are forced to stop playing whatever game they might be playing, and work to secure and maintain server tranquility reguarly. If you are an admin that does not mean you will get to run willy nilly and ban, kick, and torture at will. Admins who do not follow our rules will be stripped of admin duties and power. In addition there are more requirements of admins such as, reguarly checking our server admins forum. Once you become an admin you will be given access to this forum and you must check and read it quite often. It is a way for admins to help one another by posting their thoughts on what is going on, who to watch closely, etc. Do not ask us constantly to be an admin, that is the surest way I know to never become an admin. Our leaders will identify the best candidates for admin duties if we think it necessary.
No. In order to have an official TKC server it must meet certain standards. In addition, we might not want a server for a particular game, and if you aren't an admin, then you shouldn't have admin authority on any server. Official TKC servers have to be setup as close to identical as possible. This means that the clan leaders must have all access to any of it's servers including the ability to restart that server, gain access via FTP and game panel. It means that the clan leaders can setup the server with it's normal settings and add the usual addons. In short, if you want to have your own server then that is fine, but don't try to name it "Boom Boom Room" or tie it in any way to TKC.
Clan TKC maintains several servers that are open to it's clan members and the public. In addition TKC has other expenses that require money. To pay the bills TKC relies on it's members and visitors to donate. Without these donations, TKC will cease to exist. Please consider donating money when you can. We do our best to use the money wisely, to invest in TKC, to invest in PC gaming.
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